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Research Paper On Servant Leadership

Abstract The servant-leadership concept continues to grow in its influence and impact. In fact, it has been witnessed of an unparalleled explosion of interest and practice of servant-leadership. In several ways, it can truly be said that the times are only now beginning to catch up with Robert Greenleaf’s visionary call to servant-leadership. The purpose of this literature review paper is to understand the effectiveness of Greenleaf’s “servant-leadership” philosophy. Through motivation to lead, a need to serve, and empowering and developing people. This is caused by displaying and expressing a positive attitude, humility, a trust for others, fairness, and social responsibility that focuses on helping organizations become stronger on a corporate…show more content…
The notion of a servant as a leader or “servant-leadership” has come to be known, and is purposefully in nature. It is a unique style of leadership ideology which flows against the grain of self-interest human behavior. The main idea of servant-leadership should be typical a hierarchy where employees serve their bosses. In contrast, leaders serve their people. This is the the foundation for leaders to lead others effectively. According to Greenleaf (1998), “the need for a better approach to leadership, one that puts serving others—including employees, customers, and community—as the number one priority. Servant-leadership emphasizes increased service to others, a holistic approach to work, promoting a sense of community, and the sharing of power in decision making.” Servant-leadership’s management philosophy help leads and inspire others to achieve superior organizational…show more content…
According to Boone & Makhani (2012), “servant leaders lead through their vision, their mental picture, and oral description of what tomorrow will be like.” During a servant-leaders successful journey, an individual must first express a vision that will unify, energize, attract, and guide followers (Boone & Makani, 2012). Visions are sometimes thought of as taking a leap of faith. It can also serve as a useful tool for recruitment and fulfilling the role of the North Star (Boone & Makhani, 2012). Visioning inspires both the leader and follower to act and accomplish; therefore, visioning requires courage. In order to practice visioning effectively, an individual must learn to aim high and allow for wind and elevation (Boone & Makhani,
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